A Comic Book Geek's Wedding Tattoo
ave been a big comic book geek for 4 years, and most of my tattoos reflect that.
For my One-Year wedding anniversary, my too cool husband gave me a tattoo. Let me tell you, I was highly geeked to be able to get more ink (it had been 2 years since we had been able to afford anything).
I go to Nick Coella at Chicago Tattoo. He is AMAZING. A wonderful artist, friendly, with a light touch. I recommend him to anyone who asks.
I went to see him in the beginning of October to talk to him about what I wanted to get done. It is a very simple design, and he was able to get me in that evening.
It is the cover logo for a comic book called Kill Your Boyfriend. The writer, Grant Morrison, has had a lot of influence on me, and this book in particular is one I have fallen in love with. My tattoos have a comic book theme, because they are one of the passions in my life. I write for a comic webzine, and have been collecting for a long time. People have asked if these tattoos will have meaning to me when I'm 50, and I always answer yes. At the very least, they reflect one of my loves, and I don't think there is ever any regret in something that you truly love.
Anyway, Nick brought me into the back, and we discussed placement. I decided on my back, between the shoulder blades, about an inch below the collar line. That way, if I want someone to see it, they will, but, if I need to hide it for work, that can be easily done.
For me, the pain was minimal. I was more uncomfortable lying perfectly still than anything else. The tattoo was done in red, with no black outlining. It took about an hour.
Halfway through, we took a break.. And 5 minutes later, discovered I was bleeding all over the place. Gross, but funny at the time.
About a month later, I was able to enter the tattoo in a small contest. To my surprise, I actually placed (fourth, but I was just happy to get something). I won a fifty- dollar gift certificate. to Nick! A week later I was back on his chair, getting more ink.
This time, I decided an a tattoo that has a lot more personal meaning, and isn't as easily explained. It is a plain, white circle, on the inside of my right wrist.
It is taken from the comic the Invisibles (also by Grant Morrison). The book is about a group of revolutionaries, freedom fighters, fighting for freedoms that most people don't even know we are close to losing. The tattoo reminds me that I shouldn't always believe what I read, and to never stop trying to change things, or to right societies wrongs. Very personal and special to me.
When Nick was about to start the tattoo, he warned me that it would hurt. I dismissed him, saying that they all hurt to some extent. He shook his head, and started.
I have about 6 tattoos, with plans for more, and I thought I was ready for this. NOTHING could have prepared me for that. I didn't realize how sensitive the inside of the wrist is. It felt like someone was holding a lit cigarette to my wrist. It HURT. This one took about a half-hour, and I had to take a break halfway through to rest. The endorphins kicked in, but didn't help all that much. I was glad when he finished.
I followed my usual aftercare, but a week later there was a spot that had a deep scab, and was sore to the touch. It was infected. Shit. Hot compresses and Neosporin was the order of the day, and it cleared up inside of a week.
It is now 2 weeks later, and the tattoo is finally shedding its scab all the way. It looks beautiful. It scarred a bit, where it got infected, but it doesn't bother me all that much. It stands to remind me of what can happen, even in the best cases, of body modification.
I can't wait to go back. I have plans to finish my back piece, and plans of other comic themed tattoos. Rest assured that I'd post when the time comes.
Thanks for reading!
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 15 Dec. 1998